Alan Watt was born in Aberdeen and studied at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He has sung principal roles in many of the major opera houses throughout Britain and Europe. His extensive work abroad has included his Italian debut at La Fenice in Venice, singing Guglielmo in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, together with opera and concert work in Vienna, Basle, Brussels, Seville, Strasbourg, Bruges, Berlin and Tel Aviv, where he sang Papageno to great critical acclaim in a new production by Jonathan Miller of The Magic Flute, conducted by Zubin Mehta.
In the UK he has appeared at festivals throughout the country including Aldeburgh, Buxton, Edinburgh and Perth and performed regularly with the Scottish Early Music Consort.
Concert appearances in Scotland have included performances with Paragon Ensemble and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies at the St Magnus Festival in Orkney and with the Hebrides Ensemble in a critically acclaimed interpretation of Samuel Barber’s Dover Beach.
His wide concert repertoire includes the major choral works of Bach and 19th-century and modern works ranging from the Requiems of Fauré, Durufle, Mozart, Brahms and Verdi, to Rachmaninov’s The Bells, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, and the Sea Symphony of Vaughan Williams.
He now combines his opera and concert work with teaching at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow and The North East of Scotland Music School in Aberdeen.